The Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body that provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations. Originally created under the Charter of 1932, the Board strives to provide an efficient, fair and expeditious public hearing and decision-making process before an impartial panel as a last step in the City's permit issuance process.
The Board hears and decides appeals involving the granting, denial, suspension, or revocation of permits, licenses, and other use entitlements by various City commissions and departments. The granting or denial of variances and other determinations by the Zoning Administrator, and discretionary review decisions and downtown building authorizations of the Planning Commission are included.
The Board of Appeals is comprised of five Board members appointed for staggered four-year members are appointed by the Mayor and two by the President of the Board of Supervisors.
NOTICE OF IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING
San Francisco Administrative Code Section 16.9-28 requires that the Executive Director and Commissioners of the Board of Appeals complete Implicit Bias Training by December 31, 2019. This training is administered by the Department of Human Resources.
The following individuals have completed this training:
- Julie Rosenberg, Executive Director, completed on November 21, 2019.
- Rick Swig, Commissioner, completed on December 2, 2019.
- Ann Lazarus, Commissioner, completed on December 6, 2019.
- Eduardo Santacana, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.
- Darryl Honda, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.
- Rachael Tanner, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.
The Board of Appeals provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations.
APPEAL FILING INFORMATION
DUE TO COVID-19 the Board of Appeals physical office will be closed until further notice. We will be able to take Appeals, Rehearing Requests and Jurisdiction Requests by phone or email. If you would like to file an Appeal please provide by email: (1) a copy of the department determination or permit(s), and (2) your contact information. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or leave a voice message at 415-575-6880.
*SUBMISSION OF BRIEFS: All briefing deadlines are still in effect even if a hearing has been canceled. The parties must submit their briefs by email to the Board Office to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . Electronic service is also required for service on opposing parties and the respondent departments. The parties can deliver the hard copies (11) to the Board's office at a later date as instructed by Board staff.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Julie Rosenberg at the email above.
Rescheduling Requests and Withdrawal Forms can now be filled out online (writable PDF format) and submitted via email. Please follow the instructions below. The best webserver to uses is Internet Explorer.
- Go to the “Resource Center” tab on the of our website.
- Click on “Forms”.
- Open the form of your choice (rescheduling request or withdrawal).
- Fill out the form and include digital signatures. For rescheduling requests, in lieu of a digital signature, you can attach an email from the other party which shows that they agree to rescheduling the appeal to the proposed date. Send the form and emails (when applicable) to the Board Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (415) 575-6885.
BOARD HEARING INFORMATION
The Board's public hearings are held most Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. Given the City's Health Orders related to COVID-19, hearings are being held remotely via the Zoom platform. Access information will be posted on our website and meeting agendas by the Friday prior to the hearing. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call 415.575.6880. Members of the public are encouraged to participate remotely. There will not be a physical location for members of the public to attend.
BOARD CALENDARS, AGENDAS, MINUTES AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:
TO VIEW PRIOR HEARINGS:
Notice: The 24th Street Tree Removal Appeals (Nos. 19-097, 19-099, 19-100, and 19-101) are scheduled for July 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Board’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-575-6880.
REMOTE BOARD HEARING INFO:
NEXT HEARING DATE: JULY 15, 2020, 5:00 PM
Zoom access information will be posted by the Friday before the hearing. The public may participate via telephone or computer with a Zoom link.
Watch the Board of Appeals Public Hearing:
Streaming online (30-second delay from the actual meeting) www.sfgovtv.org/boaLIVE
- Watch on Local TV: Local cable channels 26 or 78 (note there is a 10-second delay from the actual meeting).
Access the meeting by computer/smartphone/tablet or telephone
1. To access by computer/smartphone/tablet, please click on the following link (or paste it into your browser): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81953174837
2. To access by telephone, call (833) 548-0282 (toll free) and enter the meeting ID: 819 5317 4837 (please read the notes, below, before calling in):
- If you want to block your phone number so it is not visible during the hearing, please press *67 prior to dialing into the hearing phone number below.
- Participants who wish to speak on a particular item on the Board’s agenda can stay on the meeting phone line and listen for the item to be called. Please wait for staff to announce the public comment portion. If your agenda item is called and you would like to speak in public comment on your phone dial *9 and this will show a raised hand and staff will enter you into the Board meeting when it is your turn.
- The Board’s staff will indicate how much time you will have to provide your comments, you will be alerted when you have 30 seconds remaining.
- Once your public comment time has ended, you will be moved out of the live speaker line and can continue listening to the meeting (unless you disconnect).
Providing Public Comment Please follow these best practices to improve your call:
1. Call from a quiet location
2. Speak slowly and clearly
3. Turn down radios or televisions
Please feel free to email this office at email@example.com if you are having any problems with the meeting phone-line/login on to the zoom meeting link or if you have any other questions. We will be monitoring this email address during the hearing.
If you need an accommodation for a disability, please try to email the Executive Director, Julie Rosenberg, at least 72-hours in advance of the meeting firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-575-6880.
Public Comment: All documents submitted to the Board of Appeals are public records and may be made available to the public for inspection and copying upon request and may appear on the Board’s website or in public documents. If you are a member of the public and are submitting public comment, but would like your name and/or personal contact information to be redacted by Board staff, you must prominently request redaction (preferably boldface type that is underlined) at the beginning of your submission (or if the submission is an attachment to an email, request redaction in the body of the email).
Notice regarding Campaign Contributions
Under Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 1.127, no person or entity with a financial interest (as defined in Section 1.127(a)) in a land use matter pending before the Board of Appeals, Board of Supervisors, Building Inspection Commission, Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Port Commission, or the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors, may make a campaign contribution to a member of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor, the City Attorney, or a candidate for any of those offices, from the date the land use matter commenced until 12 months after the board or commission has made a final decision or any appeal to another City agency from that decision has been resolved. For more information about this restriction, visit sfethics.org.
If you have any questions about this procedure or the Board’s meeting changes, please feel free to contact the Board’s office at 415-575-6880 or email email@example.com
Board of Appeals decisions, forms, Rules, annual reports and other publications and information are available in the Board’s Resource Center.